Tiago Splitter Sidelined With Calf Injury

Joshua Broom —  December 27, 2015

Atlanta Hawks reserve center Tiago Splitter will be sidelined for a minimum of two contests with a mild right calf strain. Splitter will not travel with the team on its upcoming two-game road trip.

According to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Splitter injured his calf early in Saturday’s win against New York. Splitter missed 30 games for the San Antonio Spurs last season with persistent calf problems.

The 6’11 Brazilian is averaging non-rookie career lows of 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest this season. However, before suffering his setback, Splitter was playing the best basketball of his brief tenure as a Hawk. In the five games prior to the New York outing Splitter had posted averages of 7.6 points, 1.4 offensive rebounds, 1.2 steals and .8 blocks and steals.

Splitter scored a season-high 11 points, one game prior to his injury, against Detroit. In Tiago’s stead, Mike Scott (13.8 ppg in last four) and Mike Muscala likely will see increased minutes.

Joshua Broom